Paul Robinson has admitted he is surprised West Ham have not tied down goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to a new contract already.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and England goalkeeper encouraged the Hammers to do “everything they can to keep hold of him”.
The 35-year-old’s current contract expires at the end of the season meaning he is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs this month.
Fabianski told Polish radio station WeszloFM in December that there was a “desire on both sides” to extend his contract.
His manager David Moyes told the Daily Mail the club are hesitant in offering new contracts because of the impact of Covid but he is keen to secure Fabianski to a new deal.
“They should be doing everything they can to keep hold of him,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“I think he’s a goalkeeper that has got better with age. When he was at Arsenal he had a lot of critics and he wasn’t the goalkeeper he is today. He’s developed so much during his time at West Ham.
“I’m surprised that West Ham have allowed him to go so deep into a contract without offering him a new one.
“He got injured the other night in the warm-up and Darren Randolph had to play.
“From West Ham’s point of view or David Moyes’ point of view I’m sure they’ll be trying to tie him down to another deal.”
Fabianski had been an ever-present in the league this season before he pulled up in the warm-up before the Hammers’ game with Everton on Friday evening.
He has kept five clean sheets in 16 Premier League games this term.